Health Information Management
Associate in Science in Health Information Management
Credits required 71
Kelly Doyle, Department Chair & Assistant Professor of Health Information Management and Medical Coding, email@example.com
Program Code: HC
Program Goal Statement
The goal of the Health Information Management program is to prepare competent entry-level Health Information Technicians eligible to take the national certification exam to become credentialed as Registered Health Information Technicians (RHIT). Graduates are prepared for employment in a variety of healthcare facilities such as physician offices, hospitals, long term care or rehabilitation facilities, clinics and vendors.
Student Learning Outcomes
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Applicants with completed applications meeting minimum criteria by Feb. 1 will be given priority consideration for admission.
The Health Information Management program prepares students to become registered health information technicians. Employment prospects for graduates are excellent. The Bristol Community College program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation Health Information and Information Management.
Once accepted into the Health Information Management Career Program students must complete the courses in the required sequence. It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 10 years of application to the program.
Some courses in this program are only offered during the day. The program will be offered in a cohort model and delivered in a hybrid format.
During the second year of the program students are assigned to Professional Practices Experiences (PPEs) at healthcare provider organizations throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.
- The Health Information Management program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. Program graduates are eligible to apply to sit for the National Qualifying Examination for Certification as a Registered Health Information Technician.
- Exam is not required by law in Massachusetts.
- The 2013-2014 Graduate Satisfaction Rate and Employer Satisfaction Rate was 100%.
- Graduates have worked in such positions as health information department manager/supervisor, medical coding specialist, health information technician, reimbursement specialist and data integrity specialist.
Infused General Education Competencies
|BIO 233||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||
|BIO 234||Human Anatomy and Physiology II||
|CIT 121||Information Technology Fluency I||
|CIT 122||Information Technology Fluency II||
|COM 101||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||
|CSS 101||College Success Seminar||
|ENG 102||Composition II: Writing about Literature||
|MAN 101||Principles of Management||
|PSY 101||General Psychology||
|Total Credit Hours:||27
| ||Historic Awareness Elective||
|Total Credit Hours:||0-3
|HCI 111||Introduction to Healthcare Information Management||
|HCI 122||Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence||
|HLT 124||Basic Pharmacology for Health Scicences||
|HCI 233||Health Statistics and Quality Management ||
|HCI 235||Professional Practice Experience I||
|HCI 237||Human Disease Processes and Procedures||
|HCI 240||International Class of Disease/PCS||
|HCI 239||International Classification of Disease Coding||
|HCI 242||Coding of Procedures and Healthcare Reimbursement||
|HCI 244||Health Information Systems and Technology ||
|HCI 246||Professional Practice Experience II||
|HCI 248||Healthcare Reimbursement||
|HCI 249||Advanced Medical Coding(Short)||
|Total Credit Hours:||41
Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1
, COM 101
, CIT 121
, CSS 101
, ENG 102
, HCI 111
Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2
, CIT 122
, HCI 122
, HCI 237
, HLT 124
, Historical Awareness Elective
Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3
, HCI 242
, HCI 235
, HCI 239
, MAN 101
, PSY 101
Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4
HCI 240, HCI 244, HCI 246, HCI 248, HCI 249
- High School Algebra I, or higher with a grade of C or greater
- High School Chemistry, or higher with a laboratory component with a minimum grade of C or greater
- BIO 111, BIO 121, or BIO 233 or equivalent with a grade of C or greater
- ENG 101, or equivalent or higher with a grade of C or greater
- HLT 106, or equivalent with a grade of C or greater
- MTH 119, or equivalent with a grade of C or greater
It is strongly recommended that students complete the science courses required for admission and program degree completion within 10 years of application to the program.
Additional Requirements and Costs
Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations or titre results (blood test to prove immune status). A TB test is required each year. Health Insurance is required. Students are responsible for associated costs such as textbooks, lab supplies, professional liability insurance, and must carry personal health insurance throughout enrollment in the program. Students must provide their own transportation to clinical assignments.
Transportation to Professional Practice Experience (PPE) sites is the student’s responsibility. Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus. Students are advised to decrease outside work obligations during PPE placement. The availability of PPE sites depends on the ability to get healthcare providers to accept students. Contracted healthcare sites may have additional requirements.
Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks
Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.
For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.
A CORI will be required for each PPE site in addition to the CORI upon admission. A positive CORI/SORI check may prevent individuals from working in contracted health facilities, which could prevent students from completing the program objectives.
Essential Functions in the Health Information Management Program
Graduates from the Health Information Management program are required to possess the following abilities:
- Visual acuity sufficient to read and analyze materials contained in medical records in paper and computer-generated formats.
- Manual dexterity sufficient to access and work with records stored in filing and computer systems.
- Emotional stability sufficient to maintain record completion and HIPAA standards of the profession to demonstrate good judgment and effective conflict resolutions, as well as to demonstrate ethical behavior and assume responsibility for themselves and their actions.
- Mobility sufficient to allow access to areas within the healthcare facility in which healthcare information is generated, stored, and analyzed.
- Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with fellow healthcare information staff and professionals, healthcare facility staff and providers, clients of the facility and their families, and individuals from outside of the facility who seek information regarding clients.
- Sufficient hearing skills to successfully interact with all team members.
Students must receive a minimum grade of “C” in all required Health Information Management courses (HCI), ENG 101
, HLT 106
, BIO 111
or BIO 121
, BIO 233
, BIO 234
and MTH 119
. Failure to earn a “C” or better in required courses will require a repeat of that course. Application for readmission (allowed once only) is dependent upon available space. Students must successfully complete all required coursework, program objectives, Professional Practice Experiences (PPEs), and competencies to graduate.